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Friday, May 13, 2005

Groups Who Met With Legislators This Week

* NASCAR officials, including founder, Bill France, and other stock car racing legends visited the General Assembly on tourism promotion day. The House and Senate passed a resolution paying respect to people in the motorsports industry, noting that it brings in $5.1 billion a year. Governor Easley participated in the event.

* Several hundred people rallied at the General Assembly in support of a proposed constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriages. Conservative Christian speakers and lawmakers spoke at the two-hour event. They urged legislative leaders to allow referendum bills to be heard in the House and Senate. House and Senate leaders have said that the 1996 law passed by the General Assembly, which defines marriage between a man and a woman and thus bans same-sex marriages and does not recognize any such marriage performed in other states, is strong enough and no additional action is needed.

* A group called "Stop NC Annexation" visited members to lobby for a change in annexation laws. They want to be able to petition municipalities and have their views heard and considered with regard to deciding whether a specific annexation should occur. Several bills that would affect annexation laws are in committees awaiting debate.

* The League of Municipalities observed its Town Hall Day at the legislature and visited legislators to discuss issues of interest and to emphasize the need for $7 billion in new funding over the next five years for public water, sewer, and storm water infrastructure.

* Members of the State Employees Association (SEANC) visited legislators' offices this week to discuss their concerns with regard to salary and health insurance matters.

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